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August 2, 2017:
Bernales receives postdoctoral travel award
ICDC researcher Varinia Bernales was awarded the postdoctoral travel award from the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


July 25, 2017:
ICDC Investigators among highly prolific ACS authors
Two ICDC Investigators, Donald Truhlar and Aditya Bhan, were named by ACS in a list of highly prolific authors published as part of the celebration of ACS's one-millionth article publication. Truhlar is recognized for his contributions to the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, and Bhan is recognized for his contributions to ACS Catalysis.


July 10, 2017:
CTC/ICDC host ab Initio Modeling with CRYSTAL week-long 'school'
Ab initio modeling has become of ever-increasing interest in solid state chemistry, physics, and materials science. The Minneapolis School will provide the necessary formal background to understand the main theoretical methodologies and approximations underpinning modern ab initio solid state computational tools and it will also provide practical guidelines for the actual use of standard and advanced features of CRYSTAL.

Read more from the Department of Chemistry


June 29, 2017:
CTC/ICDC Summer Undergraduate Researchers
We are happy to welcome four undergraduate students who will perform summer research in theoretical chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, for 10 weeks.

Katherine Kidder from Franklin & Marshall College will work in Laura Gagliardi’s group, Hirbod Heidari from Sharif University will work in Don Truhlar’s group, Ryan Wilson from James Madison University will work in Jason Goodpaster’s group, and Qining Wang from Rutgers University, will work in Chris Cramer’s group. Welcome to all of you and all the best with your summer research experience.


June 16, 2017:
Investigator Lee Penn appointed Merck II Professor of Chemistry
“R. Lee Penn has been appointed the Merck II Professor of Chemistry for a five-year term starting, July 1, 2017. This is one of several departmental professorships that recognize and reward the Department of Chemistry's most distinguished faculty. Penn has an outstanding record of research accomplishments and service to the department, College of Science & Engineering (CSE), and University of Minnesota.”
Summary from the Department of Chemistry.

Full Article from the Department of Chemistry


June 12, 2017:
ICDC researchers awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Researchers Junwei Lucas Bao and Peter Dunn received competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry

Full Article from the Department of Chemistry


May 12, 2017:
Varinia Bernales receives Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award
“Varinia Bernales, Ph.D., a post-doctoral associate working with Professor Laura Gagliardi, has received a Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award for her work, “Towards multiconfiguration quantum embedding methods for solids state.” This work is important because researchers want to treat difficult chemical systems with highly accurate computational methods. The development of these methods will allow researchers to better understand the nature of the systems, accelerating the rational design and control of the electronic and magnetic properties of matter, and the discovery of new materials with exceptional properties. ”
Summary from the Department of Chemistry.

Full Article from the Department of Chemistry


May 1, 2017:
A new issue of Frontiers in Energy Research is now available.

EFRC Newsletter


April 28, 2017:
Penn receives Community Excellence Award
“R. Lee Penn is receiving a Community Excellence Award for equity and diversity work. This award recognizes employees, students, departments, and groups who go above and beyond in their commitment to and work with the University of Minnesota’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life.”
Summary from the Department of Chemistry


April 25, 2017:
Farha research featured in C&EN in article titled, “Lowest density MOF to date”.


April 25, 2017:
ICDC research featured in Frontiers in Energy Research article, written by ICDC members Manuel Ortuno and Zhanyong Li, titled, “Opening Efficient Routes to Everyday Plastics”.


April 3, 2017:
Bhan wins 2017 Acid Base Catalysis Young Scientist Award
Read more from the University of Minneosta Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.


January 30, 2017:
Register for “The Minnesota Workshop on ab Initio Modeling in Solid State Chemistry with CRYSTAL”
Registration for “The Minnesota Workshop on ab Initio Modeling in Solid State Chemistry with CRYSTAL” is now open! The Minnesota Chemical Theory Center and the Theoretical Chemistry Group of the Torino University are organizing a school on the ab initio simulation of solids, entitled “The Minnesota Workshop on ab initio Modelling in Solid State Chemistry with CRYSTAL”.

Ab initio modeling has become of ever-increasing interest in solid state chemistry, physics, and materials science. The Minneapolis School will provide the necessary formal background to understand the main theoretical methodologies and approximations underpinning modern ab initio solid state computational tools and it will also provide practical guidelines for the actual use of standard and advanced features of CRYSTAL.

Details and Registration


January 24, 2017:
ICDC Research received front cover feature in ACS Central Science
The publication, “Metal–Organic Framework Supported Cobalt Catalysts for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane at Low Temperature” has been published in ACS Central Science. Additionally, the article has made the front cover and has been highlighted by the journal through a First Reactions comment.


January 3, 2017:
Professor Gagliardi receives Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship.

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December 15, 2016:
Paper by Truhlar and Cramer named one of 25 most cited papers
ICDC investigators Don Truhlar and Christopher Cramer received recognition for their 2009 Journal of Physical Chemistry publication titled, “ Universal Solvation Model Based on Solute Electron Density and on a Continuum Model of the Solvent Defined by the Bulk Dielectric Constant and Atomic Surface Tensions,” which was named on of the 25 most highly cited papers.

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November 21, 2016:
Register for CellPress webinar: MOFs: What are they good for?
ICDC investigator, Omar Farha, will be speaking at the CellPress Webinar, “ MOFs: What are they good for?” on December 7, 2016. Register for the webinar online!

Details


November 18, 2016:
Truhlar selected as “Most Highlight Prolific” and “highly cited” author
ICDC Investigator, Donald Truhlar, was selected as the most highly prolific and highly cited author for the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

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October 31, 2016:
Omar Farha: The Patriotic Chemist
ICDC investigator, Omar Farha, speaks about his research and diversity and inclusion in the sciences and encourages us to get out to vote this election season in a Chemistry World article and video titled, “The Patriotic Chemist.”

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October 27, 2016:
Interactive MOF game developed by team of researchers, inlcuding ICDC's Gagliardi and Cramer
ICDC investigators, Laura Gagliardi and Chris Cramer, helped develop an interactive game to test MOF Frameworks.

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October 11, 2016:
Gagliardi elected a Fellow of American Physical Society
ICDC director, Laura Gagliardi, "has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, honored for her seminal contributions to the development of electronic-structure methods and their application to the understanding of complex chemical systems, including the prediction of new materials and associated properties." — UMN Department of Chemistry

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August 22, 2016:
Chapman named one of C&E News “Talented Twelve”
ICDC investigator, Karena Chapman, was named one of C&E News “Talented Twelve.” The “Talented Twelve” are a “group of skilled young operatives who have been covertly using chemistry to safeguard the planet!” — C&E News

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August 22, 2016:
Farha speaks at Kavli Lecture Series
ICDC investigator, Omar Farha, was a featured speaker August 22 at the 2016 Kavli Lecture Series with a lecture titled, “Bioinspired Sponges: Metal-Organic Frameworks for Combating Nerve Agents and Toxic Gases.”

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August 16, 2016:
Johannes Lercher awarded 2016 Eni award
ICDC investigator, Johannes Lercher, is awarded the 2016 Eni award. “The Eni Award aims to promote a better use of energy sources and to stimulate new generations of researchers, a demonstration of the importance given by Eni to scientific research and innovation.” — Eni

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July 25, 2016:
Laura Gagliardi becomes associate editor for Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
“Professor Laura Gagliardi has been named an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC), bringing her expertise in quantum mechanics, inorganic, nanoscience, and materials science to this leading American Chemical Society publication.” — University of Minnesota Chemistry Department

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July 25, 2016:
A new issue of Frontiers in Energy Research is now available.

EFRC Newsletter


May 26, 2016:
2016 All Hands Meeting and Workshop, August 15–17
The 2016 All-Hands Meeting location is the St. Paul Hotel — the same location as the 2015 meeting. The meeting is Monday, August 15 (all day) and Tuesday morning, August 16. In addition, Prof. Ian Tonks of the University of Minnesota will lead a workshop on reaction mechanisms during the afternoon of August 16 and the morning of August 17, also at the St. Paul Hotel. More information will be available soon. As information becomes available, details will be posted to the 2016 All Hands Meeting page.

2016 All Hands Meeting


May 9, 2016:
Laura Gagliardi receives Bourke Award from the RSC
Professor Laura Gagliardi has received the Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, honored for her contributions to quantum chemistry focused on predicting new materials for catalysis, gas separation, and excited state phenomena.

2016 Bourke Award


April 28, 2016:
Penn and Stein win 2016 TechConnect National Innovation awards
Two teams of chemistry researchers led by ICDC investigators Lee Penn and Andreas Stein won 2016 TechConnect National Innovation awards.

Full article from UMN Chemistry


April 26, 2016:
Targeted singe-site MOF node modication research published in ACS virtual issue
Collaborative research led by professors Christopher Cramer and Laura Gagliardi has been selected for publication in a special American Chemical Society virtual issue on atomic layer deposition (ALD). Read the full article from the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry.

ACS virtual issue


April 21, 2016:
Shaohong Li receives Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry
ICDC researcher Shaohong Li, a 4th-year graduate student working with ICDC investigator Donald Truhlar at the University of Minnesota, has received the 2015-16 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. The award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate student researchers. Read details about Li's research from the Truhlar website.

Full article from UMN Chemistry


April 19, 2016:
Truhlar receives COGS Outstanding Faculty Award
ICDC investigator Donald Truhlar has received a 2015-16 Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award from the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and Student Conflict Resolution Center.

Full article from UMN Chemistry


March 21, 2016:
Haoyu Yu Recieves Job Offer
Haoyu Yu, a graduate student in Prof. Donald Truhlar's group, has recieved an offer to work for Schrodinger as a Senior Scientist in their New York office. He will begin his new position this coming summer.

More about Schrodinger


February 11, 2016:
Farha Receives ACS Award
Omar K. Farha has been named the “Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer” for the August ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

More about ACS award


January 28, 2016:
Hupp Elected to 2016 MRS Fellows
Joseph Hupp has been elected to the class of 2016 MRS (The Materials Research Society) Fellows

More about MRS Fellows


January 2016:
ICDC Members Named Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
Four of the Principal Investigators (PIs) of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center have been named to the 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list:

Deputy Director of the ICDC Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, and Randall Q. Snurr, all of Northwestern University, and Donald G. Truhlar.

From the announcement from Thomson Reuters: "You were selected as a Highly Cited Researcher due to the number of citations your work has received from your fellow researchers. Essentially, your peers have identified your contributions as being among the most valuable and significant in the field of Chemistry."

Congratulations to the ICDC PIs on this significant accomplishment!

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers


January 2016:
ICDC Featured in EFRC Newsletter
Laura Gagliardi was mentioned in an article titled “Perspectives on women in energy science” published in the Winter 2015 issue on Energy Frontier Research Centers Newsletter.

"Perspectives on Women in Energy Science"


November 2015:
New ICDC Members
Three new graduate students — Hung Pham, Debmalya Ray, and Prachi Sharma — join the ICDC in Dr. Gagliardi's group at the University of Minnesota. Welcome!


November 2015:
Gates' Request For SSRL Beamtime Approved
Bruce Gates, co-investigator at University of California, Davis, made a successful request for beamtime at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) with his proposal entitled “Single-Site Metal Catalysts Supported on Nodes of Stable MOFs.” SSRL is a forefront lightsource providing bright X-rays and outstanding user support. He and his group will use the beamtime for ICDC samples.


October 26-17, 2015:
ICDC Members attend 2015 EFRC PI Meeting
ICDC Director Laura Gagliardi, along with several other members of ICDC, attended the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Principal Investigator (PI) meeting in Washington, DC, where they gave talks and presented posters on ICDC work.

Samuel Odoh, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Laura Gagliardi's group, gave a talk at the EFRC PI Meeting and won one of the three Postdoctoral presenter awards.


October 21, 2015:
Supercomputer Fuels Research to Limit Carbon Emissions
Mesabi, the U of MN's most powerful supercomputer, provides a resource for computational chemists' computationally intensive research projects, such as capturing carbon emissions and the design of new catalysts, two of Gagliardi's projects that are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Read the full article


October 4-5, 2015:
Annual All Hands Meeting
The Annual ICDC All-Hands Meeting was held in St. Paul, MN at the St. Paul Hotel

Meeting Details


August 2015:
ICDC Members Attend Gordon Research Seminar and Conference
ICDC Director Laura Gagliardi, along with several other members of ICDC, attended a Gordon Research Seminar and Conference in New Hampshire, where they gave talks and presented posters on some of the work of the ICDC.

Nanoporous Materials and Their Applications


July 2015:
Hupp and Penn Named 2015 ACS Fellows
ICDC Deputy Director Joe Hupp of Northwestern University and ICDC co-PI R. Lee Penn of the University of Minnesota have been named 2015 Fellows of the American Chemical Society. They were honored at the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Article about Penn


Full list of honorees


July 2015:
Hod Wins 2015 ACS Postdoctoral Research Award
Idan Hod, postdoctoral researcher in the Hupp group at Northwestern, has been named one of the winners of the 2015 postdoctoral awards in the PHYS Division of ACS. He, too, was honored at the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston

Full list of honorees


June 5, 2015:
MOF nodes as nearly ideal supports for molecular catalysts
ICDC Minnesota members Samuel Odoh and Prof. Chris Cramer, in collaboration with ICDC partner institutions UC Davis and Northwestern University, have determined that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have potential applications as supports for catalysts of molecular precision. A video describing the reaction occurring at the material was produced by Minnesota ICDC member Josh Borycz and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute's Ben Lynch.

article and video


June 2015:
Co-investigator Charlie Campbell of the University of Washington was selected to receive the AVS Medard W. Welch Award for 2015. Prof. Campbell was cited “for seminal contributions to determining accurate adsorption energenetics and for developing key concepts for the analysis of important catalytic reactions.”

He will also be honored at the 2015 meeting of the North American Catalysis Society as the 2013 recipient of The Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis, which is given in recognition of substantial contributions to one or more areas in the field of catalysis with emphasis on discovery and understanding of catalytic phenomena, catalytic reaction mechanisms and identification and description of catalytic sites and species.

ACS Medard W. Welch Award


Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis


May 30-31, 2015:
Catalysis Crash Course given by Bruce Gates and hosted in Minneapolis, MN.

Event details


May 29, 2015:
Junior Investigator Workshop held in Minneapolis, MN.


May 15, 2015:
The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents has approved the promotions of ICDC co-investigators Connie Lu and Lee Penn.


May 1, 2015:
Professor Donald Truhlar has received a 2015 Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Award. This award was established in 2010 as a way to recognize contributions of faculty members who go above and beyond in their work with graduate students. It is the only award where faculty members are nominated by and winners are selected by graduate students.

Full article


April 23, 2015:
ICDC co-investigator Donald Truhlar of the University of Minnesota has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The AAAS honors remarkable men and women who have made pre-eminent contributions to their fields and the world.

Full article


April 23, 2015:
Omar Farha, co-investigator at Northwestern University, gave the 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA, on “Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).”

Event details


Spring 2015:
ICDC co-investigator Omar Farha of Northwestern University, won the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award.

Read more


March 2015:
ICDC co-investigator Karena Chapman of Argonne National Laboratory has been named the 2015 Materials Research Society's Outstanding Young Investigator for contributions to energy-relevant systems

Full article


March 2015:
Bruce Gates, co-investigator at University of California, Davis, made a successful request for beamtime at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). SSRL is a forefront lightsource providing bright X-rays and outstanding user support. He and his group will use the beamtime for ICDC samples.


February 2015:
Laura Fernandez, Ph.D., a member of the Truhlar Group at Minnesota, has assumed the role of Scientific Coordinator for the ICDC. In this role, she will lead coordination of all junior investigator efforts, as well as provide some of the reports of their research activities. She also recently joined the EFRC Newsletter Editorial Board.


February 18, 2015:
ICDC Leadership Team Attends Management Review
The leadership team of the ICDC (Director Gagliardi, Deputy Director Hupp, Managing Director Kaplan, and Scientific Coordinator Fernandez) participated in the ICDC EFRC Management Review in Washington, DC. The team made a comprehensive presentation to several program officers from the U.S. Department of Energy and a DOE-selected panel consisting of five expert peer reviewers from different institutions.


June 23, 2014:
University of Minnesota Receives $12 Million Grant for Energy Research
The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been awarded a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in energy research. The University of Minnesota’s Center is one of only 32 innovative energy research projects nationwide, chosen from a highly competitive field of 200 proposals.

Full article







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